Latest Update: 31 March 2013
The Eritrean government has still taken no concrete steps to address its poor human rights record, despite showing an increased willingness to discuss human rights with the international community. In January the Special Rapporteur was able to meet the Eritrean Ambassador to the UK in London.
Issues such as arbitrary and inhumane detention and lack of religious freedom, freedom of the media and freedom of expression and assembly continue to be of major concern. The UK continues to raise these issues with the Eritrean government at every opportunity. Bilaterally and with EU partners in Asmara we have continued to urge the Eritrean government to meet its UN Universal Periodic Review commitments and have offered our support for the implementation process. We have also continued to urge Eritrea to cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur, including by allowing her to visit the country. We have also raised through the EU in Asmara reports of large-scale arrests this year of members of non state-sanctioned Christian denominations.
There are continuing reports of abuses suffered by Eritrean migrants at the hands of human trafficking gangs in the Sinai region. Our Ambassador participated in an EU dedicated session on migration and human trafficking with the Eritrean government in March 2013.